Corporate deals round-up

Herbert Smith (Anthony Macaulay, Henry Raine, Ben Ward) is advising Carnival on its proposal to form a dual-listed company with P&O Princess. Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison is advising on US corporate securities law and tax and Hogan & Hartson is advising on US antitrust. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is advising P&O.

Denton Wilde Sapte (Lynn McCaw, Richard Macklin) ad-vised Asset Investment Capital on its £210m acquisition of the Leasing Group from Lattice Group. Leasing Group’s non-core assets were sold to Lombard, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group. Wragge & Co advised Lattice and Allen & Overy Lombard.

Ashurst Morris Crisp (David Carter) advised the shareholders of Tractiv Holdings on the sale of all the issued shares in the company to Ingleby (1528), a company owned by the management of Grove Industries and Close Brothers Private Equity. Ingleby advised by Wragge & Co, Close Brothers by Osborne Clarke and financiers Barclays Acquisition Finance by Hammonds.

Osborne Clarke (Jonathan King) advised Evolution Beeson Gregory as sponsor and underwriter to the placing of £7m of new shares in software developer Superscape. Superscape advised by DLA.

Pinsent Curtis Biddle (Andrew Hornigold) advised Evesham Technology Holdings on the acquisition of Mertec Computers. Mertec advised by Morgan Cole.

Field Fisher Waterhouse (Dominic Gurney-Champion) advised City Financial Associates (CFA) in relation to a £15.8m recommended cash offer made by CFA on behalf of Hamsard 2353 for QS Group. Hamsard represented by Lupton Fawcett. QS Group advised by Gouldens.

Eversheds (Julian Ball) advised SLW Architectural Aluminium on its £16m acquisition by SLW (UK), advised by Pinsent Curtis Bilddle. Addleshaw Booth & Co advised senior and mezzanine banking facilities provider Fortis Bank.

Linklaters (Erik Nerpin) advised Pfizer on the Swedish aspects of its $60bn (£38.6bn) merger with Pharmacia Corp. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft also advised Pfizer. Sullivan & Cromwell and Mannheimer Swartling advised Pharmacia.